Benedetta Orsi


"Benedetta Orsi's Ulrica was in full command. As is often the case with this role, her few very low notes could have been stronger but who can complain when a performer exhibits such a strong characterization." — The Classical Music Network

"Italian mezzo Benedetta Orsi brought a gutsy chest voice, striking stage presence and ample power in the lowest extremes to Ulrica's proclamations."
— South Florida Classical Reviews

"But vocal honours undoubtedly go to Benedetta Orsi as Sara, Duchess of Nottingham. A remarkably rich voice and seemingly a true contralto (albeit one who can manage a top B flat without difficulty), she could undoubtedly fill the largest hall but is also capable of a whispered pianissimmo."
— Roberto Devereux London reviews


Italian mezzo-soprano Benedetta Orsi started her career studying at the Royal Philharmonic Academy in Bologna, with the tenor Sergio Bertocchi and Paola Molinari and at the Conservatory of Modena. Ms. Orsi has performed in many opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and America, receiving praise from such luminaries as Teresa Berganza as having "a perfect voice for bel canto".

Notably, she has performed in all three of Donizetti's Tudor operas: as Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Sara in Roberto Devereux. Philip Sweet, stage director of Anna Bolena, said: "I was immediately impressed by the timbre, colour, power, technique and range of her voice".

Ms. Orsi has also appeared in Rigoletto (Maddalena/Giovanna), La Sonnambula (Teresa), Un Ballo in Maschera (Ulrica) and excerpts from I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Romeo), as well as Carmen (title role), Samson et Dalila (title role), Lakmè (Mallika), Norma (Adalgisa), Falstaff (Quickly), Il Trovatore (Azucena) and in the title role of L'Italiana in Algeri. This year she also debuted as Contessa Maffei in a new opera called Fratelli D'Italia ossia II canto degli Italiani, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Ms Orsi has appeared at the Montefeltro Festival in Italy with the American Association La Lingua della Lirica, at Carnegie Hall during the 7th Annual ABC Gala, at the Primero Festival Lirico in Spain, at the Festival of Songs in New York and at the festival Jovenes Maestros Internationales in Spain.

In demand on the concert platform, she has performed in a number of opera galas, recitals and oratorio performances at venues across the UK, Europe and America, including: Auditorio Ciudad de Leon, Teatro dell'Antoniano, Sala Baldini, Carnegie Hall, RNCM Theatre, Oratorio S. Rocco, Sala Mozart, Casa de Cultura in Picassent, Lantern Theatre in Liverpool, Preston Minister, St. Andrew in London and Sala della Musica in Valencia.

Her extensive appearances in oratorio include Handel's Messiah in S. Giorgio's Cathedral with the Orchestra Filarmonica Emiliana, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Donizetti's Requiem in S. Pietro's Church in Modena, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Milan, and the Mozart Requiem with the Orchestra Filarmonica dei Colli Morenici in Switzerland. Ms. Orsi has won numerous competitions including the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition (NY), First Prize, Winner of the Audience Award and Special Prize Award of Piero Boni International Singing Competition (IT), Star Performer Award and Scholarship Award of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition (NY) and in the Award in Recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments by American Protégé (NY) and Club Unesco (IT).

Ms. Orsi's upcoming engagements include recitals in the United States and Europe, as well as a gala at Carnegie Hall and Werther at Oratorio San Rocco in Italy, Ms. Orsi lives in New York City.

November 6th & 7th, "Performances in Color” - Italy Time Theatre NYC

November 14th, “A Night Before Christmas” - CD release recital - Our Lady of Pompeii Church NYC

November 22nd, Recital - Immanuel Lutheran Chuch NYC

December 5th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Salotto Aggazzotti, Modena IT

December 9th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna IT

December 12th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Casa de la Musica, Picassent ES

December 13th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Salón Alfonso il Magnánimo, Valencia ES

December 15th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Sala Euthepe, León ES

December 17th, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Teatro Ateneo, Madrid ES

December 18th, Recital - Basilica di Trento, IT

December 21st, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Circolo Lirico, Bologna IT

December 23rd, "Christmas Around the world” - CD release recital - Rimini, IT


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